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« on: November 05, 2003, 05:09:51 AM »

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Operating System Version: WAS Windows 98 SE
Problem Hardware Make & Model: Using an OLD Dell PC
Error Messages: No Fixed Disk Found



Okay let me start from the beginning.  I was trying to install a second hard drive on my computer.  You know me being you average guy I figured I could do it.  Wrong!  Well after trying about 5 times I gave up, and then my CD-ROM was gone.  I tried to fidn the drivers for it and couldn't.  I decided I would format the second hard disk drive, and ended up formatting both drives.  Now I can't even set-up partitions from my windows 98 boot disk.  Everytime I run FDISK I receive the same error message.  

NO FIXED DISK FOUND

Well I purchased another CD-ROM because the original with the computer would not load with the driver from the 98 boot disk.  I can get the NEW CD-ROM Drive to work, but when I try to install Windows 98 I get a message the I need to run FDISK and create an MS-DOS partition on my hard drive.  Well, then we get back to the problem at hand.  
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2003, 05:36:39 AM »

Actaully the exact error message is:

No fixed disk present
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2003, 05:16:16 PM »

Hi,

If FDISK can't find your hard drives then either they are jumpered incorrectly or your BIOS hard drive setting are wrong.

If both drives are on the same ribbon cable, set the drive you want as the boot drive (C: drive) as master and the other to slave. This is done by moving a small plastic cap over the correct pegs on the back of the drive. There is usually a diagram on the hard drive label showing what position the jumper has to be for the master/slave setting.

Once this is done, go into the BIOS Setup (usually the <DEL> key during system power up) and make sure the hard drive parameters for the primary master and slave are either set to AUTO or use the BIOS setup Auto-Detect Hard Drive features and select the option using LBA Mode. Save and exit.

Now FDISK should recognize both drives and allow you to partition them.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2003, 06:31:59 PM »

Okay I got the issue resolved with the hard drives not booting, but now I'm having issues installing Windows 98 SE, so that I can use my computer again.  It goes through all the checking procedures, and making a start disk (which it will not do, but I have donwloaded one from bootdisk.com), and then hangs right before it starts instilation.  I turned the computer off because it seemed to have froze, and when I use the boot disk it tells me no system disk or disk error.... etc.  I have yet to try and use the boot disk I made from bootdisk.com, but was wondering if there could potentally be another issue.

Reguarding the first issue, I had to replace the IDE cable, and then worked just fine.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2003, 07:43:08 PM »

Hi,

Since Windows setup did not complete, it did not transfer the boot files to your hard drive, therefore at this time, the drive is not bootable.

Try booting off the Win98 Startup Disk and run setup again.

At the A: prompt:

Type X: <ENTER> - where X is the drive letter assigned by MSCDEX during bootup
Type cd win98 <ENTER>
Type setup <ENTER>

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